Tuberville Has Timetable for Coordinator Hire

Auburn's head football coach has a plan in place for bringing in a new offensive coordinator.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville has a timetable for bringing a new offensive coordinator on board.

Tuberville fired offensive coordinator Tony Franklin at midseason and named Steve Ensminger the interim coordinator to finish the season. The Auburn coach says he plans to bring in a new coach who is not currently on the staff to direct the offense and notes he has received plenty of interest in the position.

"I have got a stack a mile high," Tuberville says. "I have kind of worked those down to probably a dozen. I will sit down and start working from those midweek next week. I want to get a start on that.

"Most of the guys I have on the list are probably going to be in postseason," says Tuberville, who is preparing his team for Saturday's Auburn at Alabama game this week. "The ones who are not I will visit with them. I am not going to be in a real big hurry.

"I think the first week in January will probably be a target date to have somebody on board all of the way," he says. "It could happen before that, but I don't foresee it happening any earlier than that. I don't want to mess with anybody else's season.

"I think when you are talking about coordinators as long as you have got the month of January to have somebody go out and visit with recruits and start setting a plan for spring practice, I think that is plenty of time," he says.

Auburn switched to the spread offense under Franklin this season. The Tigers are still using the spread, but have added to that during the season.

"I am looking for somebody that knows something about the spread, but also knows how to run the football," Tuberville says. "You have got to be able to do that in this league. I think it has pretty much been proven.

"If you look at everybody in this league, people who are pretty much going to be at the top of the league every year, they are going to have a pretty good running game whether it comes from your quarterback in the spread, if it comes from a two-back system, you still have to have a plan.

"After going through the spread this year, I think it is a great offense and we are still running probably 50 percent of it and that is probably what we are going to continue to do," Tuberville adds. "It will probably a mix of 50-50, two-back spreads, throwing the ball down the field, short passes, all of those things."

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